Press Release: Court find Slovenian state guilty of chain pushback to Bosnia-Herzegovina

Civil initiative Info Kolpa, a key member of the Border Violence Monitoring Network, are sharing here the landmark judgement issued on 16th July 2020 by the Slovenian Administrative Court. The findings prove that the national police force carried out an illegal collective expulsion of a member of a persecuted English-speaking minority from Cameroon who wanted to apply for asylum in Slovenia. Continue reading “Press Release: Court find Slovenian state guilty of chain pushback to Bosnia-Herzegovina”

Balkan Region Report – June 2020

The Border Violence Monitoring Network published 20 cases of illegal pushbacks during June, documenting the experience of 351 people whose rights were violated at the European Union’s external border. Volunteers in the field recorded a variety of cruel and abusive acts by officers, representing at least ten different national authorities. This report summarises the data and narrative testimony shared by people-on-the-move, highlighting the depth of violence being carried out in the service of hard borders.

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New cases of torture revealed on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture

On the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, the Border Violence Monitoring Network is saddened to report new cases of torture, inhuman or degrading treatment of people on the move perpetrated by the EU member states and Western Balkan countries. 

On this symbolic occasion, we call upon governments across the Balkan migration routes to fulfill their obligation in line with international law and cease the practice of illegal pushbacks and end the continued torture of people on the move.

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Balkan Region Report – April/May 2020

In this report, the stories of 736 people subject to pushbacks in the Western Balkans and Greece are told. The Border Violence Monitoring Network continued to record high levels of illegal cross-border removals throughout the COVID-19 lockdown period and into the relaxation of measures. First hand accounts of these actions – carried out by both police, state armies and Frontex – come from a range of different borders stretching from the Evros river between Greece
and Turkey, to the Italian-Slovenian border. This publication provides field updates from April and May, relaying the situation along the EU external border and it’s persistently violent character. Continue reading “Balkan Region Report – April/May 2020”

POLICE RAID HUMANITARIAN DISTRIBUTION SITE AND PUSHBACK PEOPLE IN NEED

Since late February, volunteers within the Border Violence Monitoring Network (BVMN), an alliance of groups documenting pushbacks in the Western Balkans and Greece, have been monitoring with concern the spike in pushbacks to Turkey over the Evros river. Whilst recent cases represent a peak in these practices by Greek authorities, they are not novel. Rather, they represent long standing trends that have been intensifying gradually. This press release details the latest mass pushback of people who were seized crudely while accessing essential food and medical assistance in Thessaloniki, Greece.

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